To avoid scams:
Ask the right questions
- What is your name and what company do you represent?
- Who owns your company?
- what is your address?
If they avoid answering these questions, the deal they are offering you is probably a scam.
Do your own checks
- Always do your own research on a company
- Check the company’s Australian Fincancial Services (AFS) licence
Protect your personal information
- Do not give out any personal, banking or credit card information to anyone
- Check your bank and credit card statements every month
- Destroy all documents with your personal information on them
- Choose passwords that are hard to work out and never share your password with anyone else
- Avoid using the same password
- Be careful what you post online and, if you can, try to limit what you share.
- Make sure your privacy settings are up to date on social media accounts and share personal information with ‘friends only’
Secure your computer and mobile device by using private passwords
- Delete and do not open any unsolicited or suspicious emails you receive, and if you have opened them, do not click on any links in these emails.
- Enable security settings on your computer and mobile devices and install current anti-virus programs.
Reduce telemarketing calls
- You can put your name on the Do Not Call Register to remove your name from telemarketing phone lists.